Mirjan fort is a masterpiece you should visit while visiting the western coast. The massive structure captivates you almost immediately when you first see it. Be assured that the majestic walls and ruins will leave you in awe.
This blog showcases pictures of the fort and provides vital information about the fort’s timings, history, cost, and more.
Mirjan Fort Guide
Although no reference to the construction of this fort is found, it is known from contemporary sources that the fort at Mirjan was constructed by Shareet Ummauik (1608-1640 CE), who was ruling Ponda as the feudatory of the Adil Shahi Sultan of Bijapur.
This octagonal fort spans 118 acres over an elevated mound and has four entrances. The fort itself is surrounded by a moat that separates the fort and the land, thus keeping it safe from enemies. The Northern entrance is the biggest and the most important one. It is connected to the land by a bridge. The moat’s water supply is perennial as it comes from a stream named Kudarehalla and River Aghanasini.
You enter the fort after climbing a flight of stairs. These are built with laterite stones.
Above the walls are a series of merlons and holes. These holes were strategically made as they allowed soldiers to shoot guns/arrows at their enemies through the holes while safeguarding themselves with the fort’s walls. The fort is also home to several watchtowers, which act as vantage points and give views of the surrounding areas.
The secret passageways and deep wells spread over the enormous elevated land and intrigue the tourists about how they were built and used.
The fort is widespread, and it takes at least 30 minutes to 1 hour to explore all its corners. It was built using contemporary Islamic and Portuguese technology and is said to have played a dominant role during the Vijayanagara period.
After the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire, this fort successively went into the hands of the Bahamani Sultans, Adilshahis of Bijapur, the Portuguese, Hyder, and Tippu, and at last, after the death of Tippu, the British held this fort town until India’s independence.
The giant outer wall stands strong even today after withstanding numerous battles. You can see the ruins of the fort inside and also see how the fort is being refurbished.
During the monsoons, the fort turns lush green; algae grows on the walls and fort grounds, while it turns brown during the summer.
Since the fort is located on National Highway 66, it is convenient for people to stop by. People usually visit Mirjan fort while traveling from Kumta (12 Km) and Gokarna (25 Km), and Goa (86 Km). You need to get permission before flying your drone in this area. A few shops that sell quick snacks and drinks can be found near the entrance.
- Timings: 8 AM to 5:30 PM
- Entry Fee: Free
- Parking: Free parking space is available
- Restrooms: Not available
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